Arizona Coyotes vs. San Jose Sharks - 12/17/19 NHL Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Arizona Coyotes vs San Jose Sharks
Date: Tuesday, December 17, 2019
Location: SAP Center in San Jose, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Coyotes (+102) Sharks (-113)
Darcy Kuemper and the Arizona Coyotes (19-12-4, 1st in the Pacific Division) are headed to SAP Center on Tuesday where they'll take on the San Jose Sharks (16-17-2, 6th in the Pacific Division). The Sharks open this matchup at -113 while the Coyotes are coming in at +102. The total has been set at 5.5. The Coyotes cover 46.7% of the time, having gone 14-16 SU. The Sharks cover 42.4% of the time, going 14-19 straight up.
The Arizona Coyotes head into this matchup holding a record of 19 victories and 12 defeats, ranking them 1st in the Pacific Division. So far this season, they have racked up a total of 92 goals which has them sitting at 12th in the Western Conference and 23rd in the NHL. Their goal differential is +10, ranking them 9th in the NHL. The Coyotes currently have a total of 42 points, which has them sitting at 10th in the NHL and 5th in the conference. Regarding shots on goal, they currently have a total of 1,085 which has them sitting at 5th in the West and 9th in the NHL. As a unit, Arizona has earned a total of 651 hits which means they are averaging 18.6 per game. They currently have a total of 434 blocks for the season. The man in goal for Arizona is Darcy Kuemper from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. He is 29 years old and has played a total of 1,401 minutes in net this season. Kuemper is allowing 1.97 goals per contest which has him placed 1st among Western Conference goalies and 4th in the NHL among goalies. So far this season, he's allowed 46 goals. He has a save percentage of .935 which has him placed 1st among Western Conference goalies.
The Arizona Coyotes will look for better times on the ice after their 2 - 1 loss to the New Jersey Devils in their last game. The Coyotes could have played much better offensively in this loss. In this outing, they scored on 1 of the 32 shots they attempted. Furthermore, they had 3 power play attempts and were able to net 1 goal out of those attempts. Arizona earned 6 penalty mins in this game. The Corsi for the Coyotes was 60 and the Corsi against was 40 which means they earned a Corsi percentage of 60.0%. Their Fenwick was 38 and the Fenwick against was 33, giving them a Fenwick percentage of 53.5%. They earned 30 face-off wins at even strength and were beaten on 22 of the face-offs. Their offensive zone starts came in at 48.6% and they had a PDO of 92.6 for this game. Regarding their opponent, the New Jersey Devils tallied 33 shots. Their total at the end of the game was 6 penalty mins and they earned a total of 3 power play attempts.
The Sharks will be on the other side of the ice and for the campaign they have 16 victories and 17 defeats. In the matter of goal differential, they currently sit 15th in the Western Conference and 29th in the league with -27. They have compiled a total of 94 goals for the year which is good for 9th in the West. San Jose has a save percentage as a team of .886 which currently has them sitting 30th in the league, which means there could be plenty of chances to score if they are aggressive. They have a team shooting percentage of 9.4% ranking them 8th in the conference. In net for San Jose is Martin Jones who is having a bad campaign by surrendering 3.30 goals per game and that ranks him 31st among West goaltenders and 58th among goaltenders in the NHL. In the 1,528 minutes he's been on the ice, he's given up 84 goals. He has a save % of .888, which ranks him 32nd among West goaltenders and 62nd among goaltenders in the NHL.
The San Jose Sharks squared up with the Vancouver Canucks in a matchup where the Sharks earned a victory by a tally of 4 - 2. For this matchup, San Jose went home with a 46.7% Corsi rating. They ended up with that by earning a Corsi of 50 and the team opposite of them having a Corsi of 57. Their Fenwick percentage was 49.4% with a Fenwick of 39 and the Canucks finishing with a 40 Fenwick at even strength. This Corsi rating is telling of the kind of game that San Jose played and they put on a good performance in this one. Their PDO was 109.7 and they finished the game with an oZS percentage of 28.4%. The Sharks notched 4 goals of the 27 shots on goal they were seeking. They had 2 power play chances in this game but weren't able to score a goal. Regarding the opposition, the Canucks had 3 power play opportunities but were not able to take advantage. San Jose gave way to 35 shots on goal and the Canucks earned 6 penalty mins.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Josh's Pick: Take San Jose (-113)
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